Bayfield County Aging and Disability Services
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The following links take you to a description of the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program with income guidelines and information on "What to Bring With You" to your appointment. Also, here's a link to the Energy Assistance Outreach Sites in Bayfield County.
Here are more links to governmental and organizational sites that will give you more information on subjects of interest such as alzheimer's, nursing homes, insurance, Medicaid, and many other aging and disability issues.
Services offered to disabled and elderly residents:
- Adult Family Home Certification
- Adult Protective Services
- Alzheimer's Services
- Benefit Specialist Services
- Family Caregiver Support Program
- Information, Assistance and Referral Services
- Long-Term Support Services (Community Options Programs and Case Management Services)
- Senior Dining and Home Delivered Meals
- Supportive Home Care and Chore Services
- Transportation Services
- Volunteer Opportunities
Medicare Part D request for qualifying information is available via this link.
Adult Family Home Certification
For those 18 years of age or older who are unable to live at home due to aging, physical, or mental disability, an alternate living arrangement with another adult or family may be appropriate. The licensed Adult Family Home is responsible for providing room and board and assistance to the individual with safe, supervised, stable care and a home-like atmosphere. Homes are certified by Bayfield County Department of Human Services.
Adult Protective Services
Any person may report that he or she believes that abuse or neglect has occurred against a person 60 years of age or older if the person is aware of facts or circumstances that would lead a reasonable person to believe or suspect that such has occurred.
No person may be held civilly or criminally liable or be found guilty of unprofessional conduct for reporting in good faith under this section.
Abuse may include any of the following:
- Physical abuse is the willful infliction of physical pain, injury or unreasonable confinement. It includes, but is not limited to, beating, choking or burning, inappropriate medication or tying or locking a person up. It also includes sexual abuse, which occurs when a person has been forced, tricked, threatened or otherwise coerced into sexual contact against their will.
- Material abuse, sometimes called financial exploitation, is the misuse of an elder's money or property. It includes deception, diverting income, mismanagement of funds and taking money or possessions against a person's will.
- Neglect occurs when a caregiver's failure to provide adequate food, shelter, clothing, medical or dental care results in significant danger to the physical or mental health of an older person in his/her care.
- Self-neglect means a significant danger to an elder person's physical or mental health because the elder person is unable or fails to provide him/herself with adequate food, shelter, clothing, medical or dental care.
This program helps respond to the stress and service needs of families caring at home for someone with irreversible dementia. To be eligible, a person must have a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder, and be financially eligible. Limited funding may be available, depending on the county's priorities and the person's need for services. Typical services have included in-home help, respite care, adult day care and transportation.
Benefit Specialist Services
Benefit Specialists help solve problems associated with obtaining and keeping private or governmental benefits. Benefit Specialists are trained to understand and conquer the extensive and complicated paperwork associated with benefit programs. A Benefit Specialist is available to provide information, assistance, and representation to those 60 and older who need help accessing public benefits such as:
- Social Security
- Supplemental Security Income
- Medical Assistance
- Senior Care
- Energy Assistance
- Homestead Tax Credit
Family Caregiver Support Program
The following services may be provided to family members who provide care in their own home to an adult 60 years of age or older:
- Information to caregivers about available services.
- Assistance to caregivers in gaining access to services.
- Information about counseling, support groups and training to caregivers.
- Respite care to help caregivers take a break from providing care.
- Short-term supplemental services
Information, Assistance and Referral Services
We can provide information regarding questions on programs and services relating to aging and long term care needs and provide referrals to other services available in the community. Information is confidential, shared only with your knowledge and approval. This may include a booklet explaining the services available, housing options or other free brochures and materials as requested.
Long-Term Support Services (Community Options Programs and Case Management Services)
The Community Options Program (COP),Community Options Program Medical Assistance Waivers (COP-W), Community Integration Programs and the Brain Injury Waivers are county administered programs that can provide flexible, cost-effective, comprehensive, home-based services to the elderly and disabled at risk of entering a nursing home. Financial and physical eligibility are required as established by state policy. The overriding goal is to provide people the help they need to live in community settings outside of nursing homes or institutions. Some individuals may be required to contribute to the cost of care they receive.
Services can include:
- Case management
- Equipment or adaptive aids
- Respite care
- Personal care
- Home modification
- Adult day care
Note: High demand and limited funding may require placing eligible individuals on waiting list for services.
Senior Dining and Home Delivered Meals
Home Delivered Meals
Home Delivered Meals are for people age 60 or older who are homebound due to health reasons, and physically or emotionally unable to travel for a meal with others. It is for those who are unable to obtain food and prepare nutritious meals for themselves on a daily basis. Meals are delivered by our drivers, including a number of community volunteer who are concerned with the well-being of each participant.
Senior Dining Sites
The Senior Dining Sites provide well-balanced, hot, nutritious meals as well as the opportunity to meet new friends and take part in recreational activities like cards, bingo, and exercise classes. You can also learn about services that are available. Any person age 60 or older, regardless of income, and a spouse of any age can participate.
All meals must be reserved at least one day in advance, except for the Time Out Restaurant in Washburn. Senior citizens are given the opportunity and encouraged to contribute what they can afford towards the cost of each meal. This allows us to serve more seniors in our communities.
Menus are published every week in the County Journal and the Ashland Daily Press. Menus are also displayed on bulletin boards at all senior dining sites.
|Senior Dining Areas||Address||Telephone||Meal Time|
|Barnes Town Hall||3360 Co Hwy N, Barnes||715-795-2495||11:30 a.m. Monday – Thursday|
|Time Out Restaurant||4 W. Bayfield Street, Washburn||715-373-5333||11:30 a.m. Monday – Friday|
|Red Cliff Sr. Center||88385 Pike Road, Bayfield||715-779-3746||3:45 p.m. Monday – Thursday|
|Lakewoods Inc.||21540 Co. Hwy M, Cable||715-794-2561||11:30 a.m. Monday – Thursday|
|Benoit Community Center||Co Trunk F, Benoit||715-373-6144, ext. 135||2nd Wednesday of the month|
The suggested contribution is $2.50 per meal. The suggested donation for evening meals (where available) is $4.00 per meal. Contributions are voluntary and confidential. No one is denied service because of inability to contribute to the cost of meals.
Supportive Home Care and Chore Services
Assistance with household tasks can be provided to adults age 60 and those with physical disabilities. Services may include:
- Meal preparation
- Grocery Shopping
The individual requesting assistance will need to have an assessment to determine their functional and potential financial eligibility for the services.
- Rides can be provided for non-emergency medical appointments* to people over age 60 or disabled individuals who have no other access to affordable transportation***.
- Rides can be provided to county residents on Medical Assistance to medical appointments**.
- A mini-van provides group trips twice per month from the Iron River and Drummond areas to Ashland***.
*Prior authorization is required, there is a fee charged for this service.
**Prior authorization is required
***Reservations are required and there is a nominal fee charged for this service.
Bayfield County could not meet the needs of our elderly population without the help of volunteers!
Various volunteer opportunities include:
- Volunteer drivers (mileage reimbursement provided) for medical appointments
- Volunteer drivers (mileage reimbursement provided) for home delivered meal distribution
- Senior Dining site volunteers in Barnes area
Note: Drivers must have their own vehicle and insurance